Korea — Day 2 Part 1: Seongnam Moran Market

2010 April 29th.

I was planning to go to Gwangjang Market just in downtown Seoul, but I got a tip from someone working in the guest house (where I am staying), that the biggest market in Korea is taking place on this day. The market, which has over 1200 merchants coming from all over Korea, only takes place on the 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 29th day of every month. I didn’t think twice and headed straight there after brunch.

The first thing I saw right after coming out of Exit 5 of Moran Station is this Buddhist monk seated in an elevated platform along the side walk towards the market.

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Korea – Day 1: The Adventure Finding the Guest House

Annyong haseyo!

On Wednesday, I arrived in Seoul late in the afternoon. I came here with just a backpack and a note with a list of guest houses with contact numbers. I didn’t make any reservation for my accommodation prior to the trip. So first thing I did after coming out of the Incheon Airport was exchange some cash in yen to won so I can have the local money to use the phone (booth). I called up the first two guest houses of choice. One is full, and the other one is not answering. I called up the third in the list, the Seoul Guest House, and was answered by a soft-spoken lady (of course in English). I booked a single room with a very cheap price. Anna, the one who answered on the phone, then instructed me how to get to the guest house.

I took the airport limousine bus to Anguk station. I was seated right behind the driver, and took this photo.

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Fujisawa Beach Cleaning Project

Last Sunday, April 18th, Soleil Provence, together with 260 volunteers, celebrated Earth Day with it’s 2nd Beach Clean-up in Kugenuma Beach, Fujisawa. The clean-up started at 11:00am and ended at 1:30pm.

The volunteers were formed into groups and were scattered along Kugenuma beach. In this photo, Enoshima is seen in the background.

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One Afternoon in Shinagawa Station

Last week, I spent an hour shooting around Shinagawa station after getting my engineer visa renewed for another year in Japan. The station was not too crowded (well, it wasn’t in the rush hours), but still, you can see a lot of people mostly in suits, rushing towards to, and away from the station.

This is the the thing I love doing – street photography. That afternoon, I did shoot mostly from the hips. This style gives a new and interesting perspective to every shot.

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Hanami 2010

Hanami is a Japanese tradition of enjoying the view of flowers especially the sakura or cherry blossoms during spring season. The word ‘hanami’ is almost synonymous to outdoor picnicking or partying.

(Hanami was first used as a term analogous to cherry blossom viewing in the Heian era novel Tale of Genji. Whilst a wisteria viewing party was also described, from this point on the terms “hanami” and “flower party” were only used to describe cherry blossom viewing. — Wikipedia)

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